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Holiday Wine Cellar
$$ - reasonable
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302 W Mission Ave
phone: (760) 745-1200
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quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After our wonderful and flavorful visit to the Stone Brewery, this was the next logical stop. Its about 5-10 minutes away and then its easy back onto the highway to get back to the beach in SD. (Yeah it was a great week in SD, highly recommended for a beach and brew hunting vacation) This place was easy to find and a treat to check out. Many, many wine selections and a very healthy beer area. On shelves, in coolers, glassware, knowledgable and friendly staff.. Lots of Stone, Alesmith, other micro locals, nationals, Belgians etc etc. Tons of BA worthy choices. It's well worth the time to come here.
09-17-2006 18:57:26 |
More by Billolick
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Prior to a small beer tasting that was being held in Escondido this weekend, the attendants of the said select imbibing all decided to meet up here at the Holiday Wine Cellar beforehand.
Not that far from the 78 Freeway, from the outside it looks like a cross twixt an Alpine Ski Hut and a wooden Hunting Lodge. A nice tough are the automatic doors, though I felt like an idiot when I first went to open them and almost fell inside. A large 45 roof is open inside and lends the interior a very spacious and airy with plenty of natural light to display the stores ware.
Obviously, the name gives the game away, but although the primary function here is wine, the coolers at the rear of the store have a very good selection of beers that are well laid out and professionally presented. The coolers are crammed with 4 and 6 packs on the upper shelves, whilst the lower ones display bottled beers on those sliding racks that look similar to the ones that hold the pre-made burgers in fast food stores. The selection was enough to get my interest and hold if for a good half hour. There are a lot of beers that I have not seen before, and some that are not always seen. A good selection of lambics from Cantillon, Hannsens and Oude Beersel, as well as Liefmans Gluhkriek and the commercial stuff from Cherish. An intriguing selection of home grown and Cali brews, with a decent smattering of Belgium, English and German beers make up the bulk of the offerings. I picked up some McTarnahans Bourbon Aged Blackwatch Cream Porter, Benchmark Old Ale and Marin Star Brew 2450, beers that I have never seen before. From Belgium I stocked up on Urthel Hibernus Quentum Ale, De Dolle Dulle Teve and St. Bernadus 12. I managed to round out the shopping trip with a Super Baladin from Italy and a Coopers Extra Strong 2002 Vintage Ale from Oz. In addition to the cooler stuff, on the displays and shelves in front, there are is a select offering of top shelf beers including 3L Stones, Sam Adams Utopias, Bosteels Deus, etc. A short wander round the store also revealed a decent range of Glassware on sale also, not the cheapest I have seen, but there were some Glasses that I have not seen before on sale here. Service was friendly and helpful.
No sooner had I filled my Basket, then fellow imbibers EyeChartBrew and Xlperro appeared with the host of the Beer Tasting, xls friend, Robert. We all eventually stocked up on some Ales, and I have to say that it is a good job that the baskets are not that big here; I could easily have doubled my horde.
If you are in the area, this is well worth a visit. It is maybe a little expensive to be a regular beer store, but this is balanced by the high quality range and offerings that you will not find anywhere else in the area. The next time I am down this way, I will certainly not hesitate to stop by again. Worth the trek.
Last Visit: 24th Jan. 2004
01-26-2004 05:11:18 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was on a mission for a collegue, and my mission was to spot some of Alpine's IPA's. Well, sometimes life doesn't work the way you want....
All you need to do as you walk through the automated door to unleash your smile with all the beverages that sit around you. Primarily that beverage is wine, though there is plenty of beer to be found. A display of Belgian and Dutch beers, such as DeRanke, La Trappe, and Caracole, sit towards one end at room temp. Everything else that I ran into was refrigerated, including additonal Belgian and Dutch beers. The bottle labels are a little difficult to make out at first because you find out that the bottles are sitting on their sides, not standing up as one might expect.
I was already excited about the selection, then a friendly store employee approached me and asked if I needed help finding something. "Yeah, where's the Alpine?" I follow her to a different part of the store and viola, I was walking inside the beer cooler. In here, additional beer lay. Lots of Shelton Bros imports (Epic Ales, Amager, Dieu du Ciel!), 3 Fonteinen, Oud Beersel, and yes, Alpine. "Do you have any Nelson?" I was informed that Nelson and its sibling IPA's have been difficult to keep in stock because they have become so popular. Too bad.
That still didn't dampen my spirit though. The beers were well organized and with pricetags, the service was very good, and the selection was more than outstanding. That's all reason enough to stop by Holiday Wine Cellar.
06-24-2011 00:46:12 |
More by DoubleJ
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
On a Sunday - Monday period in Mid October, I did a tour of San Diego breweries, brewpubs and beer stores. All the bottle shops I visited received A+ ratings with a significant number of reviews. My goal was primarily Russian River brews (Pliny, Blind Pig, Supplication) and then WC IPA's that I can't get in Ohio (Alpine, Kern River).
The places I visited in order of ranking...
1. 3 Way tie - KnB Wine Cellars, Beverages 4 Less, Best Damn Beer Shop
2. Holiday Wine Cellar
3. Olive Tree Marketplace
4. Pizza Port Bottle Shop
My stop at Holiday Wine Cellar came on a Sunday morning after a night at Stone and before a day at Lost Abbey.
Pulling into the parking lot I had to admine the Brady-esque architecture of the building. You can make it out to some extent in the BA photo.
They had as many beers as the best places I visited, but they didn't have the key beers I was looking for other than Blind Pig. Very nice import and Belgian selection.
I spent quite a bit of time in front of the coolers looking at beer and the older Asain guy who was stocking the shelves and keeping busy did not bother to ask if I needed any help. The woman cashier looked up Pliny for me and they didn't have it.
10-16-2010 22:39:46 |
More by Yetiman420
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped into Holiday Wine while visiting southern California on vacation. I was passing through Escondido to make a stop at Stone.
Holiday Wine has an outstanding selection of craft beer. As you'd expect, they have a great selection of CA and other west coast beers including Russian River, AleSmith. Stone, Ballast Point and Green Flash. I didn't see any PtE or Sculpin in stock though. They also have an outstanding selection of European beers with tons from Belgium and quite a few from the UK and Germany. The beer is well organized and the store is neat and clean. About half is refrigerated and half is not.
I only asked one or two questions but the guy behind the counter seemed to really know his stuff.
Holiday Wine is a committed and comprehensive beer store. It's well worth a visit.
08-17-2009 23:09:38 |
More by GJ40
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Had this place suggested to us by some folks we met at the Lost Abbey bar. I was looking for some local stuff and they told me this was the place to go....spot on there!
As with most others it is not hard to praise this establishment. Great selection of beers from just about any bottling brewery that is available in SoCal. Import selections are nothing to sneeze at either...but that was not my interest.
Outstanding and VERY friendly service. I was asked multiple times if I needed assistance. Jordan was super nice and talked to us throughout our stay there. Plus they were really nice to pack everything up real nice to include a solid box for me to use so I could ship some stuff out! Prices totally in line IMHO. A place I will certainly return to next time in the area.
09-01-2008 06:50:06 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here before going to Stone during a recent trip to San Diego.
This is a very nice liquor store that mostly focuses on wine but also has a nice selection of quality craft beer. In the rear of the store there are about six coolers filled with common singles and local bombers. Nothing to get excited over but at least the options of singles is there.
The real selection can be found in a large walk in cooler toward the back of the store. Inside there have a very large and impressive assortment of craft beers from around the world. They carry a lot more imports than most stores I visited in So Cal with tons of German, Danish, italian and Belgian offerings. In addition, they had a lot of great locals and harder to find beers that I didn't see anywhere else. Plenty of great local/So Cal stuff along with beers from Russian River, Stillwater, Drie Fonteinen, Eclipse Variations and vintage pannepøt to name a few.
The beer guy was really cool and it turns out he has family from outside of Philly. He was very knowledgeable and friendly, talking with me extensively about beer. All of the other employees that I interacted with were pleasant and helpful.
This was a great bottle shop that I highly recommend. If I lived in the area I would spend all of my money here.
01-17-2012 03:10:37 |
More by corby112
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped here on my to Alesmith yesterday and saw some good stuff that I had not seen anywhere else before
Bought a Full Sail Brewmaster's Reserve Old Boardhead Barleywine, Bear Republic Brown Tribute Ale, and an Avery Kaiser
Saw a bunch of goodies here, but could not spend too much before going to the barrel aged party
Carry a lot of Belgians here, have four fridges of beer (singles, 6 packs, bombers, 750 ml, etc.), but surpirsingly did not have too many local brews
Hoping to find some Alpine and did not see any
Have a nice selection of glassware
People were very helpful
Definitely worth checking out if you happen to be in the area
09-29-2007 19:14:05 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I visited Holiday Wine Cellar this past weekend since I was in the area. The building itself is pretty interesting looking from the outside. There is a nice old school type of vibe going on inside. They have rows of wine, liquor, and coolers of beer towards the back. There is also a refrigerated beer cellar at the back of the store as well as a staircase that I think led down to an underground wine cellar. The service was pretty good as an employee approached me once while I was looking around. Most all of their beer is refrigerated but there were some warm bottles sitting out on the floor. The selection was exceptional with lots of awesome beer from around the world. They had a bunch of stuff I had never seen before which I obviously bought up. Prices are a bit on the high side but I didn’t mind paying the premium for such an awesome selection. Overall, this is a fantastic beer store and I would highly recommend stopping by here to check things out if you are in the general area.
03-05-2012 16:58:46 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Brick store, in beer country north san diego. Big parking lot, not adjoined, cool, even took a leak on the side of the place w/o any hubbub.
Great product inside, amazing selection of stuff. Would be higher, but I'll get into that in a minute. Tons of hard to find belgian stuff, good amount of american rarities and standards. Prices are a little steep compared to what I'm used to, but when in rome. . .
Anyways, so I'm buying like $200 of beer, and I overhear the guy in front of me ask about beers 'in the back'. I ask if I can get a bottle of a certain beer 'in the back'. I'm told I have to talk to some jackass that works there (even though I'm talking to someone that works there). I says 'hey can I get ___ beer.' He feigns a sigh, like I'm putting him out, to ask to buy beer, at a store that sells beer. I say look, I've got $200 of beer up here, if you don't want to sell me beer at a beer store, fine. He then asks if I want 2 bottles.
Just put the fuckin' beer on the damn shelf. If you sell it out before I get there, so what. But making customers do such a lame charade is lame. Great store otherwise, but shit man ya know?
EDIT: Place further goes downhill. Hardly any six pack selection anymore, mostly bombers. Massive amount of "employee only" beer in the walk in cooler. Lame.
05-23-2011 18:03:14 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
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